Too Broke To Travel? – Vacation Transportation


Taxi Cab

Instead of cramming my ways to save for and on vacation into one super-post, I’m writing them in a series, ‘Too Broke To Travel?‘.

Let’s face it, mama. You don’t plan trips or actually take them because you’re worried you won’t be able to afford it. Of all the reasons, us single moms don’t travel, the one reason that stands high above them all is, money.

Money. Even those of us with healthy salaries wish we had more. After all, we’re still using one income to supplement an entire household. And, it’s hard. Whether you have one kid or five, it’s hard.

A lot of us have become pro budgeters, seemingly doing magic tricks with our paychecks.

In every aspect of a vacation, money is a question, a comment, and a decision-maker.

Today, let’s talk about: vacation transportation and how you can afford it.

This includes transportation to the airport or destination, from the airport or destination, and while you’re vacationing.

For my trip to Florida last month, my daughter and I took public transportation to the Chicago Midway Airport. It was seamless. We’re lucky to live in a big city that makes this possible and I’m lucky my job pays for a transit card so I can go anywhere on public transit for free.

Let’s just say I learned my lesson when I took a livery cab from my apartment to the airport for a trip to Virginia. That fare was so high, I almost didn’t want to pay the driver. Never again!

Always find out if there’s shuttle service from the airport to your accommodations. Sometimes, if there is, it’s free. Hooray for free!

If there isn’t, and you have to take a cab, find out, in advance, how much that fare would be. In fact, if a cab will be your source of transportation on your vacation, find out how much your cab itinerary will cost.

Don’t YOLO, your trip. Create an itinerary. Find out what there is to do where you’re going and create a schedule. Then find out how much it will cost to get from one place to another. I suggest using Google Maps to find out how many miles places are from each other and what’s in surrounding areas so you’re not going to far out of your way for food and activities.

Do the same if you’re renting car and find out the gas prices for the place you’ll be in.

Transportation needs to be a category on your trip budget. Don’t be afraid to travel because you believe expenses are out of your league. Do research. Take my advice.


It’s always nice to know what your expenses are and exactly how much your entire vacation will cost before traveling.

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I Need A Vacation!!

Me. Time.

Me. Time.

In the mix of taking the kids to school or daycare, trying to make it to work on time, dealing with co-workers and bosses, getting off work in enough time to get decent hours AND pick the kids up on time, looking forward to getting home only so your offspring can bombard you with requests for food, water, and the last strands of your tired sanity and finally falling into bed with un-run errands, grocery lists, bills that need to be paid, bills that definitely won’t be, tomorrow night’s dinner, the field trip slip your baby almost didn’t get you, math problems your 2nd grader took 2 hours to finish, love, life, money, EVERYTHING on your exhausted mind – you utter to yourself, the secret self that doesn’t feel so guilty about not doing more, ‘I need a vacation‘.

Familiar scenario? Good, it’s not just me.

For single parents carrying most, if not all, the duties of parenthood and being responsible for most, if not all, the nourishment and nurturing of our children, we have the most guilt for not doing more. Why is that?

We’re the least likely to take a vacation. The most likely to over-extend ourselves for the betterment of our children or just for their satisfaction, however temporary. Why is that?

You’re running on fumes, find some me-time.

I suggest, finding time to do at least one of the things you love (mine is reading urban fiction) and/or indulging in a guilty pleasure when you have a little time to yourself (mine is chocolate and wine – any wine).

Combine all the points in this article: